On May 23, 2019, CentroNía hosted its second annual Cooking Competition. We brought together children, families, and staff to enjoy a series of delicious dishes prepared by four volunteer parents and staff who showcased their culinary skills to the CentroNía community. Families and staff members in attendance sampled the diverse array of dishes and voted for their favorite. Also, each family was given a raffle ticket for a chance to win nutrition-focused children books.

Participants were able to start at 2:30 for preparation, 3:30- 4:45 for cooking and 4:45 onward to give out samples to families and staff and present dish to the judges.  Each participant had choose their ingredients – locally grown vegetables from Community FoodWorks Farmer’s Market in Park Rd and rest of food items were provided by NiaCentral catering.

Here’s what each competitor created:

  • Haimanot Asres : Ethiopian Shiro and Veggies with Injera
  • Anai Carrera: Una Completa- rice with black beans and cuban picadillo
  • Warren: Lemon Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
  • Steve Dourney: Lemon Pasta with Chicken

CentroNía is grateful to the panel of volunteer judges: Leah Koeppel- Community, FoodWorks Pop Up Food Hub Program Manager, Marilin Santana- CentroNía parent, and 2018 winner, Esteban Morales, Center Director at CentroNía, Cynthia Mercado, Director of Operations at CentroNía and Eduardo Gamero, CDA Coordinator at CentroNía.

Congratulations to the winner Anai Carrera! Huge thanks to all participants, judges and attendees for making this event a great success. We hope to see you all next year!